BURIN, NL — Jessie Cluett is the new president of the Burin Peninsula Health Care Auxiliary.
The group appointed its executive in September, including Una Green, social concerns; Evelyn Brushett, public relations; Shirley Pittman, special events; Margaret Manning, gift shop scheduler; Cynthia Upshall, gift shop coordinator; Florence Drake, patient services; Jessie Cluett, president; Glynda Mayo, secretary; Hannah Lambe, treasurer; and Marilyn Martin, past-president.
The auxiliary has approximately 30 members who are busy volunteering their time to improve the lives of hospital patients.
Members volunteer at the gift shop, which is open seven days a week. Volunteers also do night lunches for patients, and present newborn babies with special gift bags.
Throughout the year on special occasions, patients are treated to little gifts or fruit trays.
The group is also involved in the community. Members visited seniors in Kinsman Manor on St. Patrick's Day and served a hot meal and provided entertainment.
This year, the auxiliary group donated $12,000 to the hospital to purchase flame-retardant privacy curtains that surround patients’ beds, and committed to purchase two new patient ceiling lifts that will cost $17,000.